The eight Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health, organized by the Health Initiative of the Americas of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, in conjunction with the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH) of the UC Global Health Initiative (UCGHI), and the Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC) took place from June 24th to 28th in Berkeley and Oakland, California.
The presentations covered a wide spectrum of issues related to migrant health, including: the Health Care and the Immigration Reforms in the U.S. and it’s impact on Migrant Populations; Historic and Current Trends for Global Migration; Social Determinants of Migrant Health; Refugee Health; Occupational Health; Mental Health; Oral Health; Obesity; Young Mexican Migrants; Human Trafficking. The workshops also covered topics such as Qualitative Research Methods in Global Migration; Behavioral Surveillance Sampling Methods; From Publication to Public Action; Photovoice; and How to Reach out to Migrant Populations. All presentations are available at the Health Initiative of the Americas’ website https://hia.berkeley.edu.
A total of 120 participants, including key professionals working in the field of migration and health, researchers, academic faculty, students, and providers of social services to migrant communities attended the Institute. They represented 72 organizations. As part of this, 40 speakers from Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, England and the U.S. conducted lectures, and keynote speakers included representatives and officials from the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mexican Secretariats of Health, Foreign Affairs and the Interior, as well as several respected professors from Universities in Spain, Mexico, London and the United States. The University of California was represented by 24 students and 15 faculty members from all 10 UC campuses.
The Summer Institute also hosted the fourth annual COEMH workshop for UC students. Eight students from 6 UC campuses were able to present their research on different subjects related to migration and health and receive feedback from UC/COEMH faculty. These students’ experiences were also enriched by the opportunity to attend the plenary presentations of the Summer Institute and network with other international researchers.
The last day of the Summer Institute was dedicated to a field visit to the Ventanilla de Salud, a health station at the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, and to Asian Health Center in Oakland, the largest heatlh provider to Asian population in the Bay Area. There, participants listened to interesting presentations about their different programs and their efforts to be culturally and linguistically competent for the population they serve.
The 8th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health was possible thanks to the sponsorship of: The UC Global Health Institute – Center of Expertise on Migration and Global Health; the Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy at UC Irvine; the California HealthCare Foundation; The California Endowment; the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles; and Asian Health Services.
Some comments from participants:
“So well organized and well executed, not to mention extremely relevant. I will everything possible to come back!”
“Truly enjoyed the presentations. High caliber”
“I loved the diversity of presentations and the quality and reputation of all the presenters.”
“The wide range of presenters and topics made the experience very worth-while. Also most presentations included a ‘take action’ mindset, which added a practical aspect for attendees to take away.”
“Outstanding event. Great speakers and topics”
“Excelent professional and personal experience. I got to meet new people with similar interest and we are willing to work toghether”